“When you find somebody you love, all the way through, and she loves you—even with your weaknesses, your flaws, everything starts to click into place. And if you can talk to her, and she listens, if she makes you laugh, and makes you think, makes you want, makes you see who you really are, and who you are is better, just better with her, you’d be crazy not to want to spend the rest of your life with her. ”Nora Roberts, Happy Ever After, p 312-313
We have finally come to round out the Bride Quartet, ending with Parker Brown of course, as she could not be left out of finding the love of her life. And that love ended up being someone that was her complete and utter opposite, motorcycle owning badass Malcolm “Mal” Kavanaugh. Before even starting this final book I knew it would be the two of them hooking up together, not only because it was mentioned a time or two in the previous book, but what is more fun than having two people who you never think will work out in a romantic relationship actually finding out that they are head-over-heels in love with each other. Of course, they have to work up to get that far. And who the hell doesn’t love a badass, leather-clad man in some way, at some time in their life?
However, like most renegades, there is a soft spot hiding somewhere deep inside their heart. Mal has that hidden soft spot when it comes to Parker. In the beginning the two of them didn’t get along, or really Parker didn’t want to find any interest for Malcolm as she just saw him as a friend of her brother’s and Jack’s that they play cards with on occasion or the person she takes her car to whenever it needs servicing. She definitely doesn’t see Malcolm as someone she wants to date. Well, she at least tried to convince herself of this but it didn’t really work now did it?
There are always certain things that I look for in the books that I read. One of those main items, naturally, is the romance that is brought to the story; I don’t expect it to be included every time, but with this series, it was to be expected. There was thankfully no lack of the lovey-dovey-ness. I liked how it also continued to include the lives of the other three couples as well instead of just focusing on Parker and Malcolm as it brings different perspectives to the story. However, to make a story not fall flat on its face there should always be either some sort of suspense, mystery, or conflict within the storyline. Since this was a straight-up romance story I was glad to see the conflict and differences between Parker and Malcolm as it brings laughter and extra drama to the book. If you don’t like some drama in your life, even if it’s just through reading or watching something, then you need to experience some as it can bring some great entertainment.
Anyone who has ever read books by Nora Roberts knows that in the end the main two characters most often end up together and she did not fail with this story on that. I love reading stories that have a happy ending, especially a romance story, as it brings a little extra joy into my life. I was laughing and cheering for the two of them throughout the book even though they would eventually end up together anyway. Even when I know how a story is going to end, much like this one, I still enjoy reading how they came to making the decision that they were meant for each as everyone’s story leads a different path even if they end up at the same place. This book was a relaxing read and a nice finish to the series.
About Happy Ever After
Parker Brown turned the quartet’s childhood game of Wedding Day into their dream jobs. And now she’s the face of Vows — the one who meets every bride’s demands; keeps every event on schedule; and brings Emma’s romantic flowers, Laurel’s delicious treats, and Mac’s stunning photography together in one glorious package. She knows how to make dreams come true.
Mechanic Malcolm Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker Brown — with her mile-long legs — is no exception. But as a good friend of Parker’s brother, Mal knows that moving from minor flirtation to major hookup is a serious step.
No man has rattled Parker in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her off guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart…
A list of Nora Robert’s books can be found here – Book List – She even has a printable list that can be found here – Printable List – and a list of series/connected books can be found here – Series/Connected Book List